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Spacious Cottage With Lovely Views And Garden/woodland, Privately Situated

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Saint Pardoux La Riviere, Nr. Nontron, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, Rural Retreat But Only 3 Km To Amenities

La Maison d'Amis is a traditional detached stone Perigourdin cottage located within Perigord /Limousin Regional Natural Park. This one bedroom property is spacious and airy with wonderful high ceilings and stone walls. Separated by a courtyard and large barn from the owners house it is very private and has it's own garden with views across the valley and meadow and backing onto a small wood where you are free to walk the footpaths which the owners keep clear. Great for bird watchers and nature lovers, we have seen black woodpeckers, tree creepers, nut hatches and hoopoes amongst many others .It is an ideal retreat for a peaceful break, perfect for couples or friends. The road to Chez Neymard and La Maison d'Amis is literally on the way to nowhere, we are at the end of a single track road, so peace and quiet is assured. The owners cultivate willows in their garden for their basket making workshop and have a studio/atelier which guests are welcome to visit and watch the basket making process.

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Calendar last updated:
August 4, 2018


Adrian and I ran our willow basket making business in England since 1985. We moved to France in 2013 to semi retire, still growing our willows and selling our baskets but hopefully working a bit less. (well that was the plan!!) Since moving here I have concentrated on our organic garden and the gite and Adrian is busy with baskets and courses. We live here full time now, our son attends the college in Nontron and if we have free time we like to head off in our camper to continue the pleasures of discovering La Belle France.

RUTH CHARLTON purchased this cottage in 2013

Why RUTH CHARLTON chose Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière

We always enjoyed living in the country in the UK and wanted a similar rural setting in France. Although we know Provence better than the Dordogne we prefer the landscape and the climate in this part of France so decided to concentrate our search in The Perigord Vert. When we first saw Chez Neymard and La Maison d'Amis we were smitten and since moving here we have discovered what makes this part of the Perigord so appealing. There is a gentleness and intimacy about the view of the valley from La Maison d'Amis and even on grey days the mists that hang in the valley slowly lift to reveal the church steeple of nearby Champs Romain to the north and the patchwork of fields and broadleaved woodlands to the east.

What makes this cottage unique

La Maison d'Amis is ideally suited for couples looking for a relaxing break in an unspoilt rural location.

Newly renovated and in it's second season it is perfect for walking, birdwatching, swimming, (St Saud Lake, 6.5 miles), kayaking on the Dronne, cycling or just taking it easy and enjoying the fresh air and tranquility.

People with a love of crafts will enjoy the basket studio and workshop and could combine a course with a break for a holiday with a difference.


Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Wood for the wood burners is available to buy in the colder months. We charge ten euros for a very large log basket, please ask.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom - Lovely, light room with double bed and en-suite bathroom. French doors onto patio/garden,views over valley. Looks east so beautiful sunrises. We also have a single "put you up" bed if needed for a child/extra adult.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Welcome pack on arrival. The owners are available if needed, found usually either in their vegetable garden or the basket making workshop. Please note, we do not have central heating. For the cooler months there are two Wood burners which are easy to use and very efficient. We make a small charge for wood, sold by the basket. Outside: The property has a lovely courtyard which has both sunny and shaded spots, flowerbeds and pots. Outdoor table and chairs in courtyard. The French windows from the bedroom open out onto a patio and garden to the east with views across the valley and meadow. Outdoor table, sun shade, chairs, sun loungers, barbecue. To the rear of the cottage is a further seating area with picnic table backing onto woodland. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Please bring your own beach towels. We clean the property before you arrive on Saturdays and change all towels and linen weekly. Other: Lovely quaint outside second toilet in courtyard. Use of tumble dryer if needed Table tennis table in barn & petanque


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  • 5 of 5

Lovely place, beautiful surroundings and very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Fantastic cottage and views of the country side.

  • 5 of 5

A place to chill and relax. Cottage is fantastic with great views of the surrounding areas. If you like peace and quiet and want a chilled holiday this cottage is for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I have just returned from a week long stay. The weather was perfect and the Perigord Vert is of course superb. This "Gite" is the very best self catering holiday (and holiday) that we have had .. unfortunately there are only 5 stars to award.

Adrian and Ruth have clearly spent a great deal of time creating and preparing the perfect location for anyone who wants to stay and it does show. And it is as if the local wildlife is in on the arrangements as well. For anyone who loves rural France or the countryside and dreams about a country idyll break without noise or interruption, here it is!

"Things to see and do" are in abundance in this area of France, whether you want culture or history, activities or the small rural town life, and many seem to be " .. about 20 minutes away". It's true. Admittedly there are many other attractions that are anything up to 45 minutes away .. but we ran out of time this year and the inclination to just stay in the garden and wander around the local woods was too great!

Even if you already live in a rural area of your own country (we do) but want a break somewhere new, our recommendation is to try out this lovely part of the world. Listing the wildlife will take up too much valuable time ..Thank you for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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outstanding views, peace and tranquility a complete haven!

  • 5 of 5

the gite is absolutely beautiful, extremely well equipped in a picturesque location, very private and peaceful, just birdsong ... perfect! Ruth and Adrian are ideal hosts very welcoming, informative, but not at all intrusive.. it is ideal for anyone who is a nature lover woodland walk on the doorstep, the whole area is a walking, cycling dream

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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  • 5 of 5

I could write a book about this place if I was good with words. Don't know where to start... we arrived on 26/05/2018 stayed for one week. The weather wasn't the best but that didn't affect us. That place is lovely when it rains, magnificent when it's dry and peaceful all the time. Adrian and Ruth have done a great job with inside and outside of the villa. We spent most of our time outside the bedroom, enjoying the beautiful views and bird songs. If you like peace and tranquillity, clean air, good food and great wine than don't look further.

Hope to return soon.


Adrian and Ruth, thank you ever so much for sharing your beautiful place and wishing you all the best for the future.

Bekim and Kim

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The property was lovely and airy with plenty of space.It was beautifully furnished and homely

  • 5 of 5

If you want a get away holiday, this is it!!!

We had a very chilled time and couldn't recommend it enough.

It was very secluded and the view was lovely. You never see anyone "just passing" and traffic certainly isn't a problem. Idyllic is the best word. It's beautiful and quaint, homely but spacious. Adrian and Ruth are very friendly and informed. They're very discreet but available if needed, a lovely couple. They also make wicker baskets etc, choice is endless and quality is second to none.

The Dordogne is a beautiful area of France with lots of markets and places to visit.

We hope to return again x

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Saint Saud Swimming Lake and Beach
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Adrian runs residential, weekend courses and taster day willow basket making courses during the year from Atelier Chez Neymard. Have a look at the dates on the website if you would like to combine a holiday with learning a new skill.


There is a wonderful lake beach at St Saud Lacoussiere which is 7 miles from La Maison d'Amis. Life guards, sandy beach, bar and very clean warm water. Open all summer for swimming and all year for walking/fishing. Further afield there is St Estephe lake which is similar, lovely lakeside walks, sandy beach, bars, restaurant, about 20 minutes by car.


Nearest airport is Limoges, 50 mins by car. We are about 450 miles south-west of Calais and on auto routes can be reached in a day.

We are very rural and a car is essential.


Our nearest village is St Pardoux La Riviere, here you will find several bakers, butchers, chemists, hairdressers, bars, cafes, and a superb restaurant at the Hotel de France.

St Jean De Cole is 20 mins by car and is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Brantome, the "Venice of the Perigord" also 20 mins, has first class restaurants and a busy Friday market. The spectacular caves of Villars are 15 mins away. The cities of Perigueux, Angouleme and Limoges are all within 50 mins.

Further Details:

Markets are a part of everyday French life here in the Perigord which is renowned for the quality of it's food and drink. If you wanted to you could visit a different market almost everyday of the week. Monday tends to be quiet but Tuesday there is a small market in Saint Pardoux, Wednesdays is the famous Piegut Pluviers market. Thursday St Astier, Friday beautiful Brantome or bustling Riberac. Saturday try Thiviers or Nontron and on Sunday visit Jumilac le Grand both for the market and the impressive Chateau.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $129.45

Booking Notes:
To book please contact the owners by email or telephone to confirm your availability.
We request a deposit of 25% of the total amount.. The remainder is to be paid 6 weeks before the arrival date.
We also take winter lets and can offer special rates for a month or more. Please ask for details.
Shorter stays by arrangement from £50 per night.
Security deposit of £100 for damages payable on arrival and refunded on departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day at La Maison D'amis is usually Saturday but other days possible by arrangement. Shorter stays or long term lets please enquire.. We ask that you leave by 10 am and arrive after 4 pm which gives us time for cleaning and any garden work we may need to undertake around the property.

Notes on prices:
Prices include the use of all bath towels, bed linen, gas, water, electricity and WiFi.
Wood for heating in the winter months can be bought direct from the owners at a reasonable cost.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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